Our Environment

Greta Thunberg observed that the vast majority of people she talks to agree entirely with what she says and then carry on as normal.


Supporting the Environment

Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus

Context

The Government declared Climate Change Emergency is real and now:


  • Since 2016 – Climate emergency declarations have been made by 1400 local governments in 28 countries.
  • 2018 – UN declares plastic pollution a global crisis.
  • March 2019 – UN Climate Action Summit – “1.5 degrees C is the socially, economically politically and scientifically safe limit to global warming by the end of this century”. A deadline set for achieving net zero emissions to 2050. 



As leaders in our communities and with the recognition of ‘Supporting the Environment’ as the seventh Rotary Area of Focus, we must do more.


The increased focus on the Environment by Rotary International announced at the outset of this Rotary year has necessitated the adoption of an interim position.


  • Chris Davies (RC Kimbolton Castle) is the District Environmental Officer.
  • Read the discussion document for what District 1070 might do for the Environment written by David George in 2019.
  • Look at the sustainability document prepared by RIBI.
  • District 1070 have an Environmental Policy 
  • Meeting monthly with a dynamic membership dependent on current projects and priorities is the District Environment Committee:
  • Chris Davies, Bill Hill, David George, John Rowlatt, Joel Weaver and Phil Morley


Meeting every two months are the Club Environment Leads, 32 have come forward to date along with the Environment Committee members.

Three times a year, the wider Environment Support Group, up to 40 additional members who have expressed a desire to support initiatives to improve the Environment are also invited to the join the meeting with the Club Environment Leads In September, January and May.


Environment Priorities 2020/21 (many carried forward for continuation from last year)

  • Lead change by example wherever and whenever we can adopting and adapting to, sustainable lifestyles with the long term in mind.
  • 2021 square metres of rewilding by June 30th 2021, in District 1070
  • Plant at least one tree in a public space per club
  • Infuse consideration of the Environment across all Rotary projects, activities and committees.
  • Use a Green Spot in meetings/newsletters and ‘How Green is my Tally’ activity to educate and gently berate. Appoint an Environment Officer and/or Committee and decide on a plan.
  • Build on our enhanced awareness of the natural world to improve mental health, encourage interest in our environment, visits, debates, poetry.
  • Focus on the whole Ecosystem. Long term plan DARWIN (District Acre Re-Wilding Initiative.

How can this be done?

  • Continue with the District Project – Return a rewilding figure per club updated periodically. Rewild – 2021 square metres by the end of June 2021.
  • Plant trees, one per club minimum in a public space. Figures to Chris
  • Stop mowing lawns, or if you have to, use a 4” cut for large swathes.
  • Build on our enhanced awareness of the Natural world to encourage interest in our environment, visits to farms, open gardens, wildflower meadows, WhatsApp Environment Group etc
  • Change behaviours, individually, collectively and as leaders in our community, that damage our environment.
  • Add a Green Spot to your Rotary meetings and/or Newsletters/Facebook. Include what members have done since the last meeting and ideas to try. Trickle feed ideas through Chris for the District magazine.
  • Coalesce litter picking initiatives into the same date across population centres to coincide with the National Great British Spring Clean week.
  • Poetry – Each opportunity you get
  • Reduce significantly or preferably eliminate single use plastics
  • Advocate: Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle
  • Work with schools to encourage ponds/trees/wildflower gardens. Chair or contribute to,  school ‘Sustainability Boards’ – listen to ideas and help make them happen.
  • Reduce unnecessary and polluting travel
  • Participate in Rotary initiatives
  • Support the Young 
  • Environmentalist competition
  • Purple for Polio – Plant crocuses
  • Plastic Oceans – UK – Support Joel Weaver and Karl Flowers in this ground breaking project. 
  • Next batch of clubs targeted to join in March 2021
  • Rewilding project – David George
  • Ensure some of your club funds go towards green charities
  • Invite Environmental speakers to club meetings:
  • Sustainable Living I & II – Presentations by Chris Davies & Eric Moore, David George, also, is happy to deliver his
  • Environmental talks  
  • How Green is my Tally? Chris will have ready by October
  • Post COVID, retain a number of Zoom or equivalent meetings
  • Reduce our meat intake
  • Finally: Stop and Think, Compare & Decide & Act Now

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Our Environment pages:

Rotary Spring Clean

more AS you all know the state of our country is a big problem, local councils do not seem to want to spend what little money they have left in their coffers. Volunteers like Rotary have taken up the baton in many clubs.

Environmental Competition

more Read details of a past competition and see details of a new District Competition